A frequently misunderstood issue that we deal with every day is, “what is on my Criminal History?”
The problem is that the phrase “criminal history” is not what it should be called. Your criminal history is really a record of all of your contacts with law enforcement and the resolution of those contacts. In other words, it is a record of every time the police contact you, even if you are not arrested or given a ticket. When you are arrested or give a ticket that will immediately show up on your criminal history. What that means is a public record is created when you are merely charged with a crime. It is incorrect to believe that you only get a criminal history when you are convicted or plead guilty. It is incorrect to believe that after 5 years anything will automatically drop from your criminal history. It takes less than 5 minutes to pull up a criminal history on a computer. This is a problem you should discuss with your attorney if you are ever charged with a crime.
At the Law Offices of M. Colin Bresee, we frequently file Petitions to Seal your Criminal Record. Mistakes happen. It is a necessary service we provide to help people move forward with their lives. Contact us to discuss how long it takes to conceal your record from the public. The concern is that legislature is considering restricting the rules on what can be sealed in the future. If this is a measure from which you could benefit feel free to call our office and discuss your situation. As the laws could be changing in short order, calling sooner rather than later is imperative.